The Design and Operation of the Enzmann Starship

In 1949, Robert Enzmann created a watercolour painting of a vehicle for space travel, which he had imagined based on his interstellar reading and research. The vehicle would quickly become known as the “Enzmann Starship.”

The Enzmann Starship relied on a fusion-powered design, complete with a sphere of frozen Deuterium measuring 305 meters. The renderings of the Starship also included a long cylindrical propulsion section joined to the Deuterium sphere with a unique structural column.

The entire Starship would have a launch mass of 3-12 million tons, with much of that weight being propellant, and would be capable of reaching speeds of 30% the speed of light. In his renderings, the Spacecraft utilized a modular design with three main living areas that were cylindrical modules 300 feet wide and long each.

In Dr. Enzmann’s vision for the starship, it was to be manned by a small crew of people (up to 200) who would use the interstellar vehicle to journey to and colonize nearby stars and planets.